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Education
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

After Weeks of Protest, Eastside Catholic's Head of School Resigns

Supporters of Mark Zmuda are seen rallying last month.
Alex Garland

The president of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish has resigned in the wake of the students' protest over the school's decision to force out a gay vice principal who married his partner.

Sister Mary Tracy submitted her resignation to school trustees on Sunday, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others on Tuesday evening, the school said a search for her replacement will begin soon.

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Papal Conclave
11:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Gregorio Borgia Associated Press

Jorge Bergiglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

Looking stunned, Francis shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square, marveling that the cardinals needed to look to "the end of the earth" to find a bishop of Rome.

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Other News
10:57 am
Mon March 11, 2013

A rough guide to what will happen at tomorrow's papal conclave

Cardinals gathered in Vatican City on Monday, a day before the papal selection process known as the conclave begins.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 5:34 pm

The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.

In Rome, TV camera crews have set up their positions on big platforms overlooking St. Peter's Square and the Vatican, where the secretive process will begin Tuesday.

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Moving Past Clergy Abuse
8:00 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Next generation of priests faces the fallout of abuse

Dale Tuckerman, a 30-year-old seminarian for the Diocese of Spokane, stands in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This series looks at how the Catholic church and its victims move forward from the legacy of abuse.

The young men who are now old enough to consider entering the seminary grew up in an era of crisis in the Catholic church. Clergy sex abuse cases cast a shadow over the priesthood. Yet the church is adding priests who will inherit that legacy.

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Moving Past Clergy Abuse
7:55 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Friendship forged out of a dark childhood past

Alberta Sena, left, and Dorothea Skalicky, right, both grew up on the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho. They are part of a settlement with the Northwest Jesuits over clergy sex abuse.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This series takes a look at how the Catholic Church and its victims move forward from the legacy of abuse.

Checks will soon be going out in the mail to some 500 victims of clergy sex abuse across the Northwest. They're part of a major settlement with an order of Jesuits based in Portland. Most of the victims are from reservations and native communities from Montana to Alaska.

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Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal
9:39 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Clergy abuse case becomes spiritual struggle for attorney

Leander James
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

One of the largest clergy sex abuse cases in the country has turned into the case of a lifetime for one Northwest attorney.

The settlement between the Northwest Jesuits and abuse victims will soon go before a federal judge in Portland for confirmation. The north Idaho attorney who helped negotiate this $166 million deal says he was a small town “nobody” before the case.

KPLU’s Jessica Robinson tells the story of how going up against the Catholic church shook up his own long-held beliefs.

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Case Brought by Native Groups
3:17 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Jesuits settle Northwest sex abuse claims, will pay $166 million

Updated 3:17 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25th

Northwest Jesuits have agreed to pay $166.1 million 450 American Indians and Alaska Natives who were abused at the Catholic order's schools around the region.

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus runs schools in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The claims are from victims who were students at schools in all five states.

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